Jazz in Focus: The Photos of Arthur Elgort

Known for his photographs of models in glossy magazines, the photographer reveals another passion in his new book, Jazz

Courtney Pine and Branford Marsalis
Courtney Pine and Branford Marsalis (photo: Arthur Elgort)

Courtney Pine and Branford Marsalis, 1990

“Courtney was visiting from England, and he and Branford came over to my studio. Don’t ask me why. They didn’t want to bring their instruments because they wanted to be seen as personalities without their instruments. They were both very cool, especially Branford. He was a great player then, and he’s even better now. But back then, he was a little crazy. He looked at me and said, ‘You’re white. How do you know about jazz?’ So I started talking about Sidney Bechet, and he said, ‘Ah, you know about that?’ I said, ‘Yes, I do!’”

Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.